A new pirate-themed series, Black Sails will be launching on Starz from action film maestro Michael Bay (Transformers, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor). The series acts as a prequel to Treasure Island, focusing on a younger Captain Flint. Starz has posted a trailer and poster online. With this being on Starz, you can expect some decent amounts of sex and violence. I say sign me up.
The series stars Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Toby Schmitz, Hannah New, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Clara Paget, and Tom Hopper. Black Sails will premiere on Starz on January 2014.
Here is the official description for Black Sails:
The pirate adventure centers on the tales of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his men and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island. Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver (Luke Arnold). Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.